Energy

June 11, 2009, 5am PDT
Amsterdam has taken its smart grid live, installing solar panels and 300 electric car recharging stations throughout the city.
Business Week
Feature
June 11, 2009, 5am PDT
Stimulus money is available for a variety of energy efficiency projects, but many understaffed cities are having trouble meeting the impending deadlines. Jessica Millman, Joe Schilling, and Kathryn McCarty have found a loophole that can help.
Joe Schilling
Blog post
June 9, 2009, 7am PDT

The growth in hybrid car sales is a welcome sign that a major change in the automobile industry is afoot.  The shift to transport infrastructure that is not based on the archaic complexity of an internal combustion engine, with its hundreds of moving parts and compressed fuel explosions, has been long put off by an automobile industry, happy with status quo, partnered with oil cartels with the power to price their product as if it were in endless supply.  But with smack-in-the-face-reality fuel prices last summer, the collapse of the so-called “Big Three” over the winter, and the simultaneous heralding assertion of alternative energy technologies (Daimler AG bought a 10% stake in Tesla Motors last month!), the fallout of western economic near-collapse has changed everything we’ve known to be sacrosanct; Leonard Lopate even waxed nostalgic about the “Death of the Car Song” yesterday on National Public Radio’s local station, WNYC.

Ian Sacs
June 8, 2009, 11am PDT
The act of running and building our homes is responsible for almost half of the U.S.'s carbon footprint. GOOD Magazine asks, so why are we so obsessed with making cars sustainable instead of homes?
GOOD Magazine
June 6, 2009, 1pm PDT
John DeCicco, senior fellow for automotive strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund, and author of the Green Book--a rating system for the environmental impact of cars--talks about the regulatory reforms necessary for the car industry.
VerdeXchange News
June 5, 2009, 12pm PDT
The Obama administration is making a U.S.-China deal on climate change a centerpiece, according to The Guardian (UK).
THE DIRT
June 5, 2009, 9am PDT
A manufacturer of solar systems has planned to develop the country's largest urban solar power plant at a brownfield in Chicago.
The Architect's Newspaper
June 4, 2009, 10am PDT
This piece from <em>Wired</em> looks at the Swedish mining town of Kiruna that is literally picking itself up and moving.
Wired
June 4, 2009, 9am PDT
The city of Cumberland, Maryland is prepping a new zoning text amendment to regulate wind turbines, primarily to create height restrictions on turbines over 150 ft. in height.
Cumberland Times
Blog post
June 1, 2009, 8am PDT

On my coveted “Bane of Americana” list just behind my cell phone company's automated customer support option to “Press '3' To Stay On Hold” (not kidding!), is the so-called “Passenger Pick-Up System” at airport terminals.  Instead of realizing a purported orderly and safe system, by forcing cars to circuit the entire loop road in an attempt to perfectly intercept with arriving passengers, airports are perpetuating a half-brained scheme reminiscent of Disney World's Mad Tea Party ride.

 
It's Always Six O'Clock At Terminal Eight! 

Ian Sacs
June 1, 2009, 8am PDT
As the U.S. Green Building Council prepares to give its LEED-AP certification standards a major overhaul, test takers are scrambling to take the exam before it becomes a whole new ballgame.
The Architect's Newspaper
June 1, 2009, 7am PDT
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is visiting Spain, hoping to glean some knowledge from the country's recent successes with high-speed rail.
The New York Time - Energy & Environment
May 31, 2009, 7am PDT
Our underused natural gas capacity could almost completely replace our current coal-generated energy, argues Sean Casten, President & CEO of Recycled Energy Development.
Grist
May 30, 2009, 5am PDT
Developers are finding it easier to get funding for sustainable building projects due to federal incentives and investor interest in green certification.
Apartment Finance Today
May 29, 2009, 9am PDT
Columnist Stephen Cunningham of the BBC believes that technology like smart meters in homes will provide the necessary reduction in CO2 to reduce global warming.
BBC News
May 27, 2009, 12pm PDT
Last week in Seoul, Bill Clinton announced a new collaboration between the Clinton Climate Initiative and the U.S. Green Building Council to go beyond the single LEED building and create new green development models for whole communities.
The New York Times
May 27, 2009, 10am PDT
With communities balking at the purported ugliness of windtowers and solar panels, a Dutch company proposes using nature's own designs.
Fast Company
May 27, 2009, 9am PDT
The new documentary <em>The Greening of Southie</em> follows construction workers in Boston as they adapt to the new rules and regulations of green development (sometimes unwittingly).
GOOD Magazine
May 27, 2009, 5am PDT
Germany's experience in implementing environmentally-friendly concepts like green roofs, wind power and other renewables is pointing the way for many American decisionmakers.
The New York Times
Blog post
May 25, 2009, 2pm PDT

This extended holiday weekend is much anticipated personally because it signifies the return to a recreational activity that thrills me more so than any other.  By this time most years the weather has warmed up enough to prevent any further delay in getting my cheap, little sailboat ready “for the season”.  While there is very strong merit in, and a touch of previous discussion on, the return to sailing vessels for the purposes of international commercial shipping, this Memorial Day weekend I rather turn to the merits sailing has as a sustainable, low-impact, and surprisingly cheap way of having fun and experiencing the splendor of nature first hand.  Won't you please take a few moments to consider how a traditional form of waterborne transportatio

Ian Sacs